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Mark your calendar: We’ve changed some important dates

Published on February 11, 2016

We are constantly exploring ways to serve our students better, and this year is bringing some big changes. One improvement we are excited to share is the change we have made to the start and end dates of our award applications.

Now, instead of having several dates to keep track of, you just need to write down two for the winter term: Feb. 1 is when applications open and March 31 is when applications close. This means you have two months to complete your applications. It also means you can focus on settling into your classes without worrying that you might miss a deadline.

If you’ve already started your application, don’t worry, it’s not lost. It will be accessible again on Feb. 1 when the awards open.

So mark your calendar and plan ahead. Awards and scholarships applications open Feb. 1.

Grizzlies Women’s Basketball to celebrate Senior’s in Home Finale

Published on February 11, 2016

seniorGeorgian’s Women’s Basketball team will be celebrating Senior’s Day on Saturday afternoon when they host Centennial at 1pm in their home finale. Hannah Pearsall, Erial Barnard, Mikaela Weir, Katie and Kasey Faulkner and Jenn Stevenson will be playing in their final home games as a Grizzly.

Weir, a fourth year Grizzly graduating from the Business Program, has steadily improved to become one of Georgian’s most consistent players. This season, the Minesing native is averaging a career-high 6.3 points per game along with 4.6 rebounds and nearly a block a night. The energy Weir brings on both ends of the court is a difference maker, and she clearly established herself among the team’s leaders.

Hannah, a Guelph native, is enrolled in the Science in Nursing Program. She has been among the provinces highest scoring point guards over the past two years. Pearsall has led the Grizzlies in scoring both seasons, averaging nearly twelve points per game over that span. The 5’6” guard has also been among the Barrie squads leading rebounders, averaging over five a game. Besides her contributions on the court, Pearsall has been a team leader and consistently raised the play of her teammates.

Erial, enrolled in the Fitness and Health Promotion Program, burst onto the OCAA scene in 2013-14. The Collingwood native was among the provinces highest scoring rookies, averaging nearly ten points a night while shooting over 40 percent from the field. Barnard has only gotten better since, always among Georgian’s leading scorers from the crucial two-guard spot.

Kasey Faulkner, in her third year as Grizzly, was a solid contributor in her first couple years as a Grizzly. The Minesing native averaged 4.8 points per game in each of her first two seasons, and was also a hard worker on the boards, averaging over three a night.

Her sister Katie, graduating from the Human Resource Management Program, was a solid worker and among the team’s best from the line. Jenn Stevenson, graduating from Electronic Engineering, was a strong presence who had good games against George Brown and St. Lawrence this year.

Opening tip is set for 1pm in the Barrie Athletic Centre, with the Men getting underway at 3pm.

Centre for Teaching, Learning and Academic Excellence posts 15,000th tweet

Published on February 11, 2016

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The Centre for Teaching, Learning and Academic Excellence (CTLA) just posted its 15,000th tweet.

The Twitter account was created more than four years ago and has been used to share teaching and learning resources from around the world with the Georgian community. @GeorgianCTLAE also shares news, celebrates Georgian accomplishments and promotes CTLAE workshops and events.

CTLAE created this word cloud of the 15,000 tweets to celebrate this milestone.

 

Aboriginal restaurant, fine food and better hockey bag are winners of exCite! entrepreneurship competition

Published on February 11, 2016

 

Brandon Pitawanakwat is the first-place winner of the February 2016 exCite! entrepreneurship competition.
Brandon Pitawanakwat is the first-place winner of the January 2016 exCite! entrepreneurship competition.

Brandon Pitawanakwat is working hard to see his dream come true – the Crowned Eagle, a restaurant in Collingwood that will specialize in Aboriginal fine food.

Pitawanakwat, a Georgian College student, is the first-place winner in the latest exC!te Experience competition offered through Georgian’s Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre (HBEC).

exC!te allows participants to pitch their real-world business ideas to a panel of judges who offer not only prizes but also expert advice on entrants’ business plans. A total of 25 entrepreneurs participated in the most recent competition. The application deadline for the next round of pitches is coming up fast, on Friday, Feb. 19.

Pitawanakwat, co-owner in the restaurant with his mother Joanne Bradshaw, says their business plan is almost complete.

“We are in the planning stages, looking forward to accessing market research through the Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre to find the right location for our restaurant, “ he said. “It will be an upscale restaurant focusing exclusively on Aboriginal cuisine,” he said.

Two competitors tied for second place. One of them is Monica Roe of Crooked Tree Fine Foods in Collingwood. She learned about the competition by attending some of Georgian’s food entrepreneurship events.

“I am in my first year of business and have been managing food production from home.  I graduated from the Business Enterprise Resource Network Self-Employment Assessment program and quickly transitioned to accessing HBEC support and workshops in Collingwood,” she said.

Her business specializes in organic sprouted tree nut cheese spreads and crackers.

Jeff Texmo, another Georgian student, tied with Roe for second place with his product, the Ultimate Gear Organizer. It’s a unique pull-out sports bag for storing hockey equipment.

“I have been working on this product for the past four years and have accessed mentorship and support through the Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre,” Texmo said. “It started with people inquiring and wanting to get their hands on my product, and that inspired me to locate a manufacturing plant and seek out business advice.”

The Ultimate Gear Organizer is market-ready. Texmo has created a website with an e-business voucher grant through Ontario Centres of Excellence funding in partnership with Georgian College’s Centre for Applied Research and Innovation. He will be launching the website and associated social media soon.

Marc Francis’ proposal for Ride On, an indoor bike park, won third place. Francis, a Georgian College student, has been an enthusiastic member of Power Up a mentorship group sponsored by HBEC.

“Taking part in the exC!te experience through HBEC gave me an opportunity that doesn’t arise very often. I encourage all my friends and classmates at Georgian to participate in it,” he said.

“It’s not about the prize but more about the experience. The benefit was having influential people (panelist and judges) see me and hear my dream. My business plan is developed and I am actively seeking financing and the ‘right’ location.”

Learn more about the current exCite! competition  .

Ontario urged to invest in college-based applied research

Published on February 10, 2016

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Georgian’s Centre for Applied Research and Innovation connects industry and community partners with faculty and student researchers.

Georgian College and its counterparts across the province are calling for the Ontario government to make upfront investments of $30 million into market-driven research to promote industry clusters throughout the province.

“Colleges play a central role in real-world research that helps businesses become more innovative,” said MaryLynn West-Moynes, President and CEO of Georgian College. “A commitment to enhance innovation in Ontario should be a priority in this year’s provincial budget.” Continue reading

AMI and Georgian College plan food entrepreneurship conference March 3 and 4

Published on February 10, 2016

Food entrepreneurship conferenceFood entrepreneurs from across Ontario interested in moving their businesses forward won’t want to miss a unique two-day conference in Barrie March 3 and 4.

“Food Entrepreneurs: Building Ontario innovation one product at a time” will offer food business owners practical information on overseeing and executing strategy, product idea viability, collaborating for growth, food safety culture, innovation, and more.

The two-day event is offered by the Agri-Food Management Institute (AMI) in partnership with Georgian College and local municipalities and economic development partners, as well as the County of Simcoe and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

The conference is being held at the Barrie Campus of Georgian College on March 4, preceded by pre-conference seminars at the Kempenfelt Conference Centre in nearby Innisfil on March 3.

The pre-conference seminars will introduce new entrants or newly established businesses to food safety regulations and food nutrition labelling considerations.

The conference includes a “Made in Ontario Showcase” where successful entrepreneurs will share the stories of how they developed their businesses, display their products and provide products for sample and sale.

Input supply companies and a “business development alley” with supporting organizations such as Community Futures, AMI and Georgian who work to help businesses increase their competitiveness

Concurrent breakout sessions will be tailored to two streams of learning: established and newly established businesses.

Plenary sessions will speak to innovation and the future of food, while pitch sessions will help entrepreneurs looking for tips on pitching a new product or business to possible investors, buyers, distributors and/or partners.

The “Connection Café” will allow participants to get the most out of their conference experience by joining in on a facilitated networking session to network and look for input from their peers on burning issues impacting their operations or business planning.

Georgian College and its Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre are leaders in sector to provide events and training for food and beverage entrepreneurs. Georgian and HBEC work with local municipalities and economic development partners, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), and local leaders in the food sector.

The Agri-food Management Institute (AMI) promotes new ways of thinking about agribusiness management and aims to increase awareness, understanding and adoption of beneficial business management practices by Ontario agri-food and agri-based producers and processors.

Learn more, email foodinfo@georgiancollege.ca or call 705.728.1968, ext. 1774.

Ready to sign up? Register now.

Grizzlies Volleyball set to visit Canadore for pair of crucial games

Published on February 10, 2016

vbBoth of Georgian’s Volleyball teams head to Canadore this weekend for games with major post-season implications.

The Men’s team (13-5), coming off a weekend sweep of Algonquin and La Cite, could finish anywhere from first to fifth in the Eastern Division. Winning out would essentially assure the Grizzlies a home playoff date come crossover time, and could do as much as earn a bye to the OCAA Championship. Georgian will be looking to complete the season sweep of the Panthers, with only a home date against first place Durham remaining.

Middle Darien Haynes has been particularly impressive of late, often controlling play at the net and altering opponents attack. Over the weekend, he combined for 21 points, 17 kills, 28 total attacks and three blocks.

For the Women’s team (8-9), they will need some help to grab the Division’s sixth and final playoff spot. Georgian currently sits a half game behind Seneca, but the Sting hold the tie-breaker should the two finish with the same record.

For the Barrie squad to qualify they must win out and hope that Seneca drops two of their final three games; the Sting still do need to face strong squads from Loyalist and Durham.
Setter Katharyn Avery has been particularly solid as of late, finishing last weekend’s play with a combined 53 assists to bring her season total to 333 (tenth in the OCAA).

The Women’s team is set for opening serve at 1pm on Saturday, while the Men will get underway at 3pm.

For Men’s standings, statistics, schedule and more visit – http://ocaa.com/sports/mvball/index

For Women’s standings, statistics, schedule and more visit – http://ocaa.com/sports/wvball/index

Playoff spot within reach as Grizzlies Basketball host Centennial

Published on February 9, 2016

bbWith the OCAA’s regular season winding down, Georgian’s Basketball teams will host the Centennial Colts on Saturday afternoon at 1 and 3pm.

The Men’s team (8-9) is currently a half-game up on Loyalist for the Eastern Division’s sixth and final playoff spot. They earned a crucial split on last week’s tough road-trip, defeating 11-6 Algonquin in Ottawa to maintain their slim advantage over the Lancers.

Ever since returning from the holiday break, point guard Justin Mitchell has been a difference maker for the Grizzlies. Over Georgian’s past five games, the 6’1” Newmarket native has averaged 18.8 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Even more impressive than the solid numbers has been his steady influence. Mitchell has done a great job limiting turnovers and getting the Grizzlies into their sets effectively.

The blue and white can assure themselves a spot in the crossover game by winning out. After Centennial, they have Canadore and Seneca remaining on the schedule.

For the Women’s team, Saturday will be the team’s home finale. Georgian will be looking to sweep the season series with the Colts, having earlier defeated Centennial by thirty-one. Hannah Pearsall will attempt to continue her strong play – the point guard is averaging seventeen points a night over her past two games.

The Women’s game is set to tip-off at 1pm, Men at 3pm in the Barrie Athletic Centre.

For Men’s standings, statistics, schedules and more visit – http://ocaa.com/sports/mbkb/index

For Women’s standings, statistics, schedules and more visit – http://ocaa.com/sports/wbkb/index

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